A tourist in London, my own city

When you live in London, sometimes you stop seeing London. It can pass you by, like a big red bus.

Sometimes all I see are its problems – the rib-crushingly overcrowded tubes, the fact it costs £8 to drink a warm G&T on the road outside the pub. The tourists, the inequality, the shove and the push. The cycle of pressure, of late nights and long queues at Pret.  I  can forget the million different experiences waiting for us here. The counter flow of new restaurants and shows opening and new trends starting here first. The glamour, the excitement, the lights and the life. The fact that you are probably only a stones throw from a new opportunity, (or at least a Pret).

It took a boat-ride down the Thames  – being a tourist in my own city – to make me see what I sometimes forget. London’s majesty and grandeur.

The bridge that women built in WW2

The Thames – keeper of secrets

I don’t think London is necessarily beautiful or welcoming or kind. I cringe when people project a warm and fuzzy ‘I Love London’ Instagram identify onto a city that is, to me, ultimately tough and big and old. But I do think its stunning. On a boat trip on an ordinary day this city can certainly turn some heads. Sailing from Embankment, through the city to Greenwich, the word that springs to mind is ‘grand’.

IMG_20140907_195730

View of the Shard – this building wasn’t even HERE when I moved 8 years ago

IMG_20140907_195106

The Walkie Talkie – another new one

Picture of the Tate

The Tate – always there, too rarely visited by me

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “A tourist in London, my own city

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s